Eric Frank, “Open Textbooks” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/08/25

Textbooks generally become obsolete, so is there a better way to produce and distribute them?

… about the future of textbooks — if traditional hard-bound books might someday be replaced be electronic editions, or if the industry might go the way of music and movies, with many people downloading pirated versions from peer-to-peer services like Bittorrent.


Nora talked to Eric Frank, the co-founder of one company that’s trying to reinvent the textbook publishing industry. The company is called Flat World Knowledge, and it publishes “open textbooks” which are free works that can be edited, updated, and remixed into custom course materials.” These open textbooks are free to read online, but if you want, say, a printed copy or an audio version, you’ll have to pay.

Full Interview: Eric Frank on Open Textbooks | Spark | CBC Radio

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